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Just-fired Warriors head coach Mark Jackson returns to ESPN

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Heard that familiar voice during ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Pacers and the Heat? Yes, it’s former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, who wasted no time in securing his former announcing gig alongside Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy.

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Jackson, who was dumped by the Warriors organization after continuing to increase their regular-season record, and taking them to the playoffs the last two seasons, signed a multi-year deal with the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader. He’ll also call the Finals with Breen and Van Gundy, which will air on ABC.

Jackson worked NBA broadcasts for ESPN from 2006 through 2011. He last called the 2011 NBA Finals before taking the Warriors job.

The Dubs replaced Jackson with another NBA TV announcer with no previous coaching experience, Steve Kerr, who’s been working as an analyst for Turner Sports.

Rumors had circulated that Jackson would quickly find another coaching opportunity, and many had speculated that wherever that opportunity took place, Jackson would have tremendous success, making the Dubs look foolish by getting rid of him.

It could still happen, as Jackson’s contract with ESPN reportedly allows him to take another coaching gig, should one be offered to him.

In the meantime, although it may seem like a hastily-decided move for the Warriors and their fans, at least it’s good to have him back calling games.

It’s as if the past three years never happened. Or maybe they were just a dream.

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